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corndeaux
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Ken Berger on Trade Deadline and Josh Smith Future


really good read from one of the best

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Why there were no big moves

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This is how business is done now in the NBA. No blockbuster trades in February. Few, if any teams are willing to absorb future salary, which would clog up their books and restrict access to tools needed to improve their rosters. Nobody is willing to give up draft picks as incentive to move a contract or rent a player for the stretch run. No more Monopoly money.


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Who your agent is and where you insist on being traded won't matter as much anymore. What will matter is the draft -- picks are more coveted than ever -- not to mention smart, long-term planning, player development and scouting. There's no more running up the credit card bill and then dumping it on the next guy, who will in turn dump it on somebody else. Everyone, every team, has to do the work now -- has to scout well, draft well, develop players and build


Smith as a test case

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Now, Smith will be a test case for something that has not happened in the recent free-agent exodus, from LeBron to Carmelo Anthony to Dwight Howard: Will someone finally take a shorter deal and less money to go play where he wants? LeBron and Carmelo didn't, and Howard is set up to get his five-year max deal from the Lakers this summer.Smith isn't in that category, but he's an important player who will find a home – a guinea pig of sorts for this new world order in the NBA. 


I thought LeBron did take less money? Perhaps it wasn't the full max but still more than he would have gotten if it hadn't been a sign/trade?







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GalvoAg
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LeBron did take less. I don't remember but either Wade or Bosh took more.





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teke184
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LeBron did take less. I don't remember but either Wade or Bosh took more.


Bosh and LeBron make an identical amount, with Wade making slightly less.

Wade took a big haircut on his deal, as he could have gotten max money thanks to the Heat having his Bird rights.






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TigerinATL
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Wade took a big haircut on his deal, as he could have gotten max money thanks to the Heat having his Bird rights.


They all took a paycut vs. what they could have gotten if they had stayed on one man teams, I guess they were listed as not taking less because they got long deals even though they are loaded with player options.






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htran90
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They all took a paycut vs. what they could have gotten if they had stayed on one man teams, I guess they were listed as not taking less because they got long deals even though they are loaded with player options.



that's what I thought too. they all took pay cuts to play together, albeit it wasn't A LOT, but I think it was a couple of million a year less than max.

I don't think the link/article included them because a 6year contract is pretty long and they still got to the destination they wished without taking a MASSIVE paycut






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corndeaux
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I don't think the link/article included them because a 6year contract is pretty long and they still got to the destination they wished without taking a MASSIVE paycut


I think y'all are right about the years. Bosh/James don't get 6 years from Miami unless it's a sign and trade. Less money, but still something that isn't an option under the new CBA

Regardless, it will be interesting to see the market for Smith.

Zach Lowe pointed out that he could take a 1 year deal to reach 10 years of league service and be eligible for a higher max. That could be a realistic option if he gets offers he doesn't really like. Still imagine someone will offer him a max- if Phoenix was willing to give Gordon a max, Smith will get one from someone.






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ken berger is a hack. dude has struck out on so many "breaking stories"..

Chris Paul to Orlando

Dwight Howard recently

he's a hack






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He has some bad sources.

He did well with CBA coverage, so on this I'll consider it... especially since it is reasonable. About stuff that he parrots from Leon Rose... no.






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corndeaux
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No one is 100%.

Even Woj wrote a terrible hit piece on Hollinger in the wake of the Gay trade.



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